A play based on a research project about William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest"
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
On July 2 last year, the great British theater director Peter Brook passed away in Paris at the age of 97. Countless obituaries around the world agreed on his exceptional standing: Brook was undoubtedly one of the most important theater creators of the 20th and 21st centuries. He was a theatrical revolutionary and a visionary. In May 2019, Peter Brook was a guest at the Ruhrfestspiele for the last time with "The Prisoner," an archaic fairy tale about guilt, punishment, and atonement that was co-produced with his Paris Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. A year later, his next work was set to have its German premiere at the Ruhrfestspiele: "Why?". In it, Peter Brook investigated the simplest and simultaneously the most difficult question: Why? Why theater? Effortless and tragic, deep and funny, this play explored fundamental questions with moving simplicity and humanity. Unfortunately, it could not be shown to audiences because of the Covid19 pandemic. In April 2022, three months before his death, Peter Brook's last work premiered in Paris: "Tempest Project." It was to become his legacy.
According to Peter Brook and his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne, '"The Tempest" is a play we know well - but working with a small group of actors, we rediscovered how this play contains so many rich layers of hidden meaning - it's Shakespeare's last play - and echoes so deeply through all his plays.' "Tempest Project" is Peter Brook’s final, dramatic, and beautiful journey to the continent of Shakespeare; he and his fantastic actors spirit the audience away to discover 'the stuff that dreams are made on.'
With: Sylvain Levitte, Paula Luna, Fabio Maniglio, Luca Maniglio, Marilù Marini, Ery Nzaramba
Adaptation and direction: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
Lighting Design: Philippe Vialatte
Songs: Harué Momoyama
Translation Surtitles: Yvonne Griesel
Language: in französischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertiteln
Photo in the Header: Philippe Vialatte
With the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture.